Don Rush

Assoc. Program Director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs

Don Rush is the News Director at Public Radio Delmarva (WSCL/WSDL) in Salisbury, Maryland on the campus of Salisbury University. He has spent the last 35 years in broadcast journalism specializing in national politics. Before coming to Salisbury he spent 12 years in Washington DC with the Pacifica Network News bureau. During the 1980’s he was News Director at KFPK in his home town of Los Angeles. He also worked for the Los Angeles based wire and audio news service CNS/RNW. Locally, he has become an award winning journalist covering everything from development and environmental issues to local politics.

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8:55 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Delaware To County Homeless


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Volunteers are heading out across Delaware to count the number of people who are homeless in the state.


The News Journal reports several dozen volunteers will conduct the survey this week. The federal government requires the count in every state and U.S. territory. The numbers provide data for researchers and policy makers to understand the problem of homelessness.

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8:52 am
Mon January 28, 2013

New Trolley for Bethany Beach

BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) - The Bethany Beach Town Council has approved the purchase of a new trolley to add to its fleet for the summer season.


The Daily Times reports the town will spend about $167,000 for the new trolley. It will be the town's third trolley and is meant to compensate for mechanical problems on the other vehicles.


Officials say the trolleys are popular with children and help cut down on traffic.

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8:44 am
Mon January 28, 2013

RV Camper Park Draws Environmental Fire

A 162-acre property set for an RV camper park west of Lewes could be running into environmental issues.       


The facility would accommodate 451 recreational vehicles and 157 families in cabins along with a handful of tent sites.


But, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says half of the property is part of the Love Creek Natural Area which contains wetlands.


It says that intensive development is unsuitable urging the company to consider making it an official nature preserve.

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8:36 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Dover Air Force Base Faces Tight Budget


There’s a budget squeeze on at Dover Air Force Base.


Earlier this month the Pentagon ordered several belt-tightening measures including to incrementally fund contracts.


In addition there will be no open house or air show this year.


Civilian manning, maintenance and flight training hours could also be affected.


Last week the base canceled its participation in the annual gathering of students in a Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce leadership course.

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8:31 am
Mon January 28, 2013

ILC Dover Requests State Funds for New Jobs

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A Delaware firm known for manufacturing NASA spacesuits is asking a state panel for more than half a million dollars in taxpayer money for a new manufacturing facility in Sussex County.


ILC Dover wants a Strategic Fund Performance Grant of $364,500 in return for bringing a recently acquired subsidiary's manufacturing operations to Delaware, resulting in 115 new jobs.


The company also is asking for a capital expenditures grant of $187,860 for relocating the manufacturing operations of Grayling Industries from Georgia to Seaford.

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8:52 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Homeless Hit Shelters in Salisbury After Snow Fall

The homeless are flocking to shelters with the winter blast that promises to put more snow on the ground over the weekend.


Hope and Life Outreach took in 47 people over night.


Executive Director Celeste Savage told the Salisbury Daily Times that the south Boulevard shelter has bed for only 29 people but can expand to 80 with the addition of cots.


Meanwhile, the Community Emergency Shelter Project told the paper that they were expending a full house last night at this week’s host churches.

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8:46 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Grants Will Fund UMES Boulevard Round About Upgrade


Community Development Block Grants should cover the full cost of moving the water and sewer lines to allow for a traffic roundabout and sidewalk project at UMES Boulevard.


The town of Princess Anne will apply for the grants on behalf of the Somerset County Sanitary District.


Town Manager Brenda Benton told the Salisbury Daily Times that the grants should cover the $25-thousands needed for the engineering study with a second grant to cover the construction cost.

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8:43 am
Fri January 25, 2013

DE Gov. Wants to Mke Temporary Tax Hikes Permanent


Governor Jack Markell wants to make the 2009 tax increases permanent…to shore up a $3.7 billion proposed budget that again does not include pay raises for state employees.


The tax increase for corporations and individuals are set to expire in July…and would help fill in the expected $56 million of expected budgetary red ink.


Still the Wilmington News Journal reports that the Delaware Democrat’s spending plan does reduce by a third the earlier personal income tax increase and cuts the gross receipts tax increase especially for manufacturers.

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8:37 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Delaware GOP Offers School Safety Proposals

Delaware’s GOP lawmakers are calling for every school in the First State to have a crisis button that can alert authorities to an emergency.


In addition they want to create a $5 million state fund for school safety grants to address security and gun violence.


The proposals are a response to the deadly shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that left 20 children dead.


The Republican proposals are markedly different from Governor Jack Markell and

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8:34 am
Fri January 25, 2013

MD State Police Must Release Records

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's highest court has ruled police must release files relating to how authorities investigate racial profiling.


The Maryland Court of Appeals released the decision on Thursday.


The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and the Maryland State Conference of the NAACP have contended the Maryland State Police must turn over the record. Police have argued the documents are personnel records that are exempt from disclosure under Maryland's public information law.

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8:32 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Local Gas Tax Proposed by MD Senate President


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate President is proposing the idea of allowing county governments to raise Maryland's gas tax by up to 5 cents for local transportation needs.


Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller mentioned the idea Thursday along with several other ideas he has pitched this week to help Maryland raise badly needed transportation revenue. The proposal would enable county officials to add on to the state's 23.5-cents gas tax, which hasn't been raised since 1992.

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8:30 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Western MD Counties Want Special Energy Corridor

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's two westernmost counties are seeking state support for development of an "energy corridor" recognizing the economic value of the regions natural resources.


Allegany and Garrett county officials are pitching the proposal at their annual breakfast for state legislators Friday in Annapolis.


They say western Maryland has abundant coal, natural gas and timber. They also tout the region's potential for more wind, solar and hydroelectric power.

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8:27 am
Fri January 25, 2013

English Only Is Approved by Carroll County Commission

WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - English is becoming the official language of Carroll County.


The all-Republican Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday in Westminster to adopt an ordinance making English the official language of the county government.


Carroll joins Frederick and Queen Anne's counties in adopting such a policy.

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12:02 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Solar Farm in Sussex County Begins Construction


GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Delaware Electric says construction is underway on a 20-acre solar energy farm near Georgetown.


WXDE reports the solar farm is expected to be in operation in May.


Delaware Electric Cooperative says 16,000 solar panels are being installed at the site on East Trap Pond Road. The project will eventually provide enough energy to power about 500 homes.

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9:36 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Some Find Shelter from the Cold in Easton


As the temperatures turn cold and snow hits the ground the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church in Easton is providing some overnight shelter for a handful of people.


The Talbot Interfaith Shelter is providing a warm bed, a hot meal, hot shower and even a few puzzles from 5 pm to 7 am.


But Board member Jack Harrald told WBOC there is one problem : Space.


He said that because of the fire code and the fact that they do not have a sprinkler system the shelter can only take five people.

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9:28 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Waterkeepers Alliance Won't Appeal Ruling in Hudson Case

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A New York-based environmental group that sued Perdue Farms and an Eastern Shore contract grower says it won't appeal a federal judge's ruling in a poultry pollution case.


The Waterkeeper Alliance announced in a statement on Wednesday that while the group believes it presented compelling evidence, it won't appeal U.S. District Jud


ge William Nickerson's ruling, because of the high burden of proof appellate courts impose for reversing a district court's findings.

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9:25 am
Thu January 24, 2013

English Only in Carroll County


WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - The Carroll County Commissioners are deciding whether to make English the official language of the county government.


The vote Thursday in Westminster caps four months of debate.


The resolution was introduced to the all-Republican board in September by Commissioner Haven Shoemaker. If approved, Carroll would join Frederick and Queen Anne's counties in adopting such a policy.


Proponents say the measure would send a message that illegal immigrants aren't welcome in the county.

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9:18 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Wicomico County Taxi Driver Shot in Robbery

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office says a taxi driver was shot in the leg during a robbery in Salisbury.


It happened about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at Patrick and Keene avenues. Deputies say the driver had picked up three people and took them to their destination. The driver was then robbed of his tablet, cell phone and cash.

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9:15 am
Thu January 24, 2013

MD Senate President Floats Gas Tax


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A gas tax increase is among the ideas Maryland's Senate president is floating to raise badly needed money for transportation.


Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller told reporters Wednesday his plan includes a proposal to raise about $300 million annually with a gas tax increase.


Miller, D-Calvert, also is proposing regional transit authorities that could raise money for rail projects in Baltimore and near Washington. That way, those projects would be paid for primarily by people in those areas.

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9:10 am
Thu January 24, 2013

More Testimony in Misconduct Trial of John Leopold


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold's chief of staff says a member of his security detail put together a file on a political opponent.


Chief of Staff Erik Robey ran Leopold's re-election campaign in 2010. Robey testified Wednesday that the file on campaign opponent Joanna Conti was compiled by Cpl. Howard Brown. Brown testified Tuesday that he was paid overtime to watch a cash box at a campaign event and unload campaign signs. Brown says he questioned the orders, but didn't refuse because he was afraid of retribution.

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9:04 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Delaware State Senate Rejects Pay Hike for State Officials

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has voted unanimously to reject a state panel's recommendation to raise the salaries of Delaware judges and certain cabinet officials.


Wednesday's vote follows last week's unanimous House vote rejecting the pay recommendations of the Delaware Compensation Commission.


The commission meets every four years to review salaries for judges, lawmakers and top executive branch officials and to recommend whether pay raises are warranted. Its recommendations take effect automatically unless rejected in their entirety by lawmakers.

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9:02 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Temporary Stay for Fraternal Groups on Slots


DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has approved a bill fast-tracked by the Markell administration bowing to complaints from fraternal organization and veterans groups who were told to stop operating illegal slot machines.


The bill approved Wednesday on a 34-to-1 vote allows the groups to resume slot machine gambling until June 30 while lawmakers work on a permanent measure allowing the groups to offer legal gambling.

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8:56 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Active Unit to Join Delaware Air National Guard


An active duty C-130 squadron could be coming to the Air National Guard base near New Castle by the fall of 2015.


Air force officials have not yet identified a specific unit…which would have around 150 airmen.


It would share the Air Guard’s plans and equipment and the Air Guard’s missions would take priority.


The Wilmington News Journal reports that combining reserve and active units has been done in some 100 associations around the county in an attempt to make the best use of resources in these tight budgetary times.

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8:42 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Bill Opposing Port of Wilmington Privatization Inches Forward


DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Senate bill giving the General Assembly veto power over privatizing operations at the Port of Wilmington has cleared a House committee.


Member of the economic development committee voted unanimously Wednesday to release the bill for consideration by the full House.


The legislation, opposed by Gov. Jack Markell's administration, prevents the state-controlled Diamond State Port Corporation from agreeing to privatize or lease the port without approval from both chambers of the Legislature.

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12:17 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Famed Rehoboth Pizza Owner Mysteriously Returns Home


The co-owner of Nicola Pizza in Rehoboth Beach has returned home and in apparent good health after missing since January 12th.


Police said no further information would be released on the reappearance of Nicholas Caggiano.


The 47 year old’s family reported him missing to State Police but asked that the information not be made public.


Authorities say he was last seen leaving his Ocean view home 11 days ago for work at 7:30 am in his gray 2013 Toyota Tacoma.

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12:10 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Delaware City Refinery Releases Sulfur Dioxide


PBF’s Delaware City Refinery released its second large amount of sulfur dioxide within a week’s time.


There have been troubles with the hydrogen sulfide control system this week with an estimate 248 pounds released before a shutdown of the system.


There was a larger amount released beginning on January of 3-thousand pounds a day.


Officials say that the pollution would continue until the system was fixed. 


No additional details were available.

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9:23 am
Wed January 23, 2013

DE Charities See Red Ink

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A new report finds nearly half of Delaware charities spent more than they collected in 2010.


The Delaware Grantmakers Association commissioned the study. The new report says 48 percent spent more than they received in 2010, up from 35 percent the year before.


Association president Wil Sherk says the report should be a wake-up call because the current state of Delaware's charities can't be sustained for long.

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9:18 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Mercury Containing Flu Vaccine Now Available in DE


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials say health care providers can use an influenza vaccine containing mercury as a preservative because there are shortages of the mercury-free vaccine during the flu epidemic.


The Division of Public Health said Tuesday that the use of mercury-containing vaccine for pregnant women and children younger than 8 years is normally banned. However, the DPH director can allow use of such vaccines.

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9:12 am
Wed January 23, 2013

MD Could Lose Medicare Reimbursements

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland officials say they will apply in the next several weeks to the federal government in hopes of avoiding the risk of losing what is estimated to be roughly $1 billion in Medicare reimbursements annually under a unique arrangement.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />


John Colmers, chairman of the state's Health Services Cost Review Commission, told a panel of lawmakers on Tuesday that he has been encouraged by discussions with the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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9:09 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Privatizing Operations of Port of Wilmginton in Jeopardy


DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill giving the General Assembly veto power over privatizing operations at the Port of Wilmington is heading to a House committee.


The bill, which narrowly cleared the Senate last week, was slated for a hearing Wednesday by the House economic development committee.


The legislation, opposed by Gov. Jack Markell's administration, prevents the state-controlled Diamond State Port Corporation from agreeing to privatize or lease the port without approval from both chambers of the Legislature.

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